Craving honesty: Artists Working With the Interior, Domestic Objects or the Idea of Home
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your Curatorial Practice:
My name is Ekaterina Popova, I am a painter and founder of Create! Magazine. The print publication was born back in 2013 based on my love of art and my desire to support the community. I slowly became a curator over the years since launching the magazine, and it's been such a fulfilling journey.
My first experience with curating has been selecting artists for the early issues of the magazine. Eventually, other galleries and institutions started inviting me to collaborate and curate exhibitions. I have been honored to curate shows at Paradigm Gallery in Philadelphia, Hastings College in Nebraska, Main Line Art Center, and more.
It's always so exciting to see what others are creating and support their practice through opportunities and features.
What are your parameters for artist selection in your career?
I'm always looking for emerging artists who are sharing their story, being vulnerable, and using materials in innovative ways. I'm naturally drawn to art that tends to get a little more personal. My passion is to provide opportunities for exciting contemporary artists who haven't had a lot of attention yet.
What kind of artwork is relevant to our generation and the times we are living?
Right now, I think we are all craving honesty. Beauty can still be a part of the equation, even when we are open and vulnerable about our human experience. Celebrating where we are at this moment, no matter how challenging it is, can be healing for the artist and the viewer.
Tell us about this curation for SHOWFIELDS: conceptually, aesthetically, etc.?
I selected work for SHOWFIELDS that references the home, coziness, safety, and being inside in some way. Right now, we are all limited as to where we can go, but there is so much to explore within the interior. I personally am drawn to the topic of domestic spaces and objects and decided to choose artists that approach this subject in diverse and exciting ways through painting, drawing, and sculpture.
What is your advice for art lovers and appreciators looking to start their own art collections?
Collecting art can be so empowering! If you are a new collector, start by investing in small pieces that don't put a massive dent in your budget and experience the joy that comes with having original art in your home.
I think most people won't stop collecting at only one piece, and buying art becomes a lifetime interest. Luckily, thanks to Instagram and other social platforms buying art from up and coming creatives has never been easier.
If you are drawn to more expensive work, some artists offer payment plans, and you can make installments over time. There is always a way!